ByLion -- September 11


Career Fair 2006
Football festivities
Who's Who nominations
Family Day Sept. 30
Sign up for Quiz Bowl

One Book/Three Parishes
Blair Abene in top ten
GBP blood drive
ULS service learning
Center for Faculty Excellence
Business EXPO Sept. 13
GO Zone Act seminar
Volleyball aids Habitat
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Students, alumni invited to annual Career Fair Sept. 21
All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2006, the Office of Career Services's annual university-wide career event.
     Career Fair 2006 will be held Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     "Career Fair 2006 is an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to network with representatives of numerous employers, develop job leads, and establish important contacts," said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. "The information and contacts participants gather significantly improves their chances of securing a career after graduation.
     "The information that you can gather and the contacts that you can develop at Career Fair 2006 can significantly improve your chances of securing a career after graduation," Ridgedell added. "Where else are you going to find more than 100 employers under one roof, eager to talk with you about your future?"
      To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should dress professionally; bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     They also can attend a series of free pre-fair seminars and workshops designed to assist them in preparing for the event:
     Resume seminars, Student Union room 223 -- Sept. 13, 3-4 p.m.; Sept. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Sept. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
     Career Fair Etiquette -- Sept. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.. The seminar will provide tips on dressing for the fair, and on networking and following up with employers.
     Emergency Resume Clinic -- Sept. 19, 1-4 p.m. Students can stop by the Career Services office in the Student Union Annex, room 241, for five-minute reviews of their resumes.
     For more information on Career Fair 2006, contact Career Services at 549-2121 or
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Roar with Lion football this week
The Lions will roar into Strawberry Stadium for the first home game of the 2006 football season on Saturday. Don't miss any of the excitement on campus leading up to the game.
     Wear green and gold on Thursday, "Green and Gold Day," to show team spirit, and join in the hot dog lunch and mini pep rally at noon in the Student Union, where you can meet the football team, cheer with the cheerleaders, and listen to the Pride of the Southland Band.
     On Friday night the pre-game celebrating begins with tailgating in the Student Union Park around 5 p.m., and on Saturday, the Lions kick off at 6 p.m. against the Jacksonville Dolphins.
     You don't want to miss out, get your tickets now and lets start this season off with a roar!
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Who's Who nominations sought
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is an annual honors program honoring our nation's leading college students. Selections to this program are made each fall and are coordinated by the Office of Student Organizations/Greek Life at Southeastern. Administrators, faculty and staff, as well as student organization presidents and/or advisors, are invited to nominate students who they feel are deserving of this award.
     Only upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) and graduate students with a 2.5 adjusted cumulative grade point average and full time (12 hours or more) status are eligible for nomination. Selections should be based on the student's scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and citizenship and service to the university.
     Forms are available at the Student Organizations/Greek Life office, Student Union room 111, or can be requested by e-mailing or Completed forms can be returned to those e-mail address or faxed to 3946. The nomination deadline is Oct. 2.
     This award is presented at the Division of Student Affairs Awards Convocation held the last week of April.
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Roomie's ready for Family DayFamilies invited to 'Treasure a Day at Southeastern' Sept. 30
Southeastern is inviting students' families to "Treasure a Day at Southeastern" at the university's annual Family Day, Sept. 30.
     A long-standing university tradition revived along with the university's football program, Family Day pairs a home football game with games, music, food and fellowship in Friendship Circle.
     "Family Day was part of the Southeastern scene for many years," said the event's chair, Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities. "It featured activities around campus that drew families, with their students, to become involved and to get a taste of what college life was all about. When football returned, Family Day was one of the many football-associated traditions that were resurrected."
     Thomas said the first "revived" Family Day in 2004 drew families from Hammond and "as far away as Texas and everything in between." Although last year's plans were sidelined by Hurricane Katrina, "We're excited about getting back on track this year and welcoming the families of our students. We've chosen the theme 'Treasure a Day at Southeastern' because we want this to be an experience they will truly 'treasure.'"
     Thomas said families can register online through a Family Day link on the university's Web site,
     Family Day will get underway at noon with events sponsored throughout campus by student organizations. Participants can register and check in at 1 p.m. in Friendship Circle (Western Avenue). From 2-5 p.m. amidst football tailgating festivities they can listen music by the band Animal Crackers, pose for "party pictures" and group photos, and enjoy a variety of interactive games. The University Police Department will also offer its free "Kid Care" identification program for children.
     Families can join their students at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium for the Lions vs. Gardner-Webb football game. Student companion tickets for Family Day participants are $10 and are available through the Southeastern Athletics ticket office, 1-866-LION-TIX, in the Dugas Athletic Center. Participants are asked to reference Family Day when purchasing tickets.
     For additional information about Family Day, visit the home page link ( or call (985) 549-2233.
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Wanted: Quiz Bowl challengers!
It's time to start thinking about getting together a team for the annual Homecoming Quiz Bowl tournament, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi as part of the university's Oct. 23-28 Homecoming festivities. The friendly competition has become a Southeastern Homecoming tradition.
     The fifth annual tournament is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Student Union Theatre. Featuring rapid-fire questions, laughter and brain-power, the competition is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni teams.
     Phi Kappa Phi's Joan Faust said any student, faculty/staff or alumni group is invited to put together a team of four players and one alternate for the competition. Teams are also encouraged to attend a practice session from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. The practice sessions will also be held in the union theater.
     A $25 registration fee is required from all teams, and the deadline for registration is Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. The first eight teams to submit a registration form and fee will be guaranteed participation in the tournament.
     The double elimination tournament will separate faculty/staff and student teams until the final playoff match, which will pit the top faculty/staff team against the top student team, Faust said. Phi Kappa Phi will offer prizes of $100 for the top faculty/staff and student teams and $50 for the two second place teams.
     Registration forms and instructions will be available later this week online at or can be obtained from Faust at 549-5477 or
     Look for more information about Homecoming events and special contests for faculty and staff in forthcoming editions of ByLion.
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Walker PercyRichard Louth, Dayne Sherman, Jim WalterFar left, renowned author Walker Percy; left, Southeastern faculty members Richard Louth, Dayne Sherman, and Jim Walter will host "One Book/Three Parishes," a community read of the Walker Percy novel "The Thanatos Syndrome," Sept. 28-Oct. 22.

Join in 'One Book/Three Parishes
Residents of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes - and anyone else who wants to participate - are invited to join in "One Book/Three Parishes," a public reading project sponsored by Southeastern Sept. 28-Oct. 22.
     The selected book is The Thanatos Syndrome, the final novel of the late Walker Percy, the acclaimed novelist and author of The Moviegoer and Love in the Ruins who lived in Covington.
     Staging a three-parish community read based on the popular "One Book/One City" program was the idea of three Southeastern faculty members, English professors Jim Walter and Richard Louth and librarian-author Dayne Sherman. Each will offer an introductory lecture and moderate a concluding round table discussion at public libraries in Hammond, Covington and the town of Livingston.
     "One Book/Three Parishes," said Walter, head of Southeastern's Honors Program, "is an opportunity to promote a Louisiana author of major literary prominence" and to whet readers' interest in the upcoming annual Walker Percy Symposium, scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Greater Covington Center.
     "It's a firecracker of a book," said Sherman, a Southeastern graduate who has garnered praise for his own writing, including his first novel, Welcome to the Fallen Paradise. Sherman said the setting of The Thanatos Syndrome - between Baton Rouge and Bogalusa - should also pique the interest of area readers.
     To get a head start on their enjoyment and understanding of the book, readers are invited to introductory lectures by Walter on Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Hammond Library, 314 E. Thomas St.; Louth, director of the Southeast Louisiana Writing Project, on Sept. 27, at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave.; and Sherman on Sept. 28, 5 p.m., at the Livingston Library, 13986 Florida Blvd.
After the read, participants can share their ideas about the novel at roundtable discussions at the Hammond Library, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.; Covington Library, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., and Livingston Library, Oct. 26, 5 p.m.
     Supported by a grant from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, "One Book/Three Parishes" is free. Books are available at libraries and can also be purchased at local bookstores and online, the faculty members said.
     Walter described The Thanatos Syndrome as "a gripping futuristic novel." Its adult content may not be appropriate for young readers, he added.
     "The main character," said Walter, "is a brainy psychiatrist on a downward spiral after serving time for drug-peddling. He comes home to find out his wife has run off with another man, his children are in danger, and a bunch of rogue social engineers have just been funded to 'treat' the area water supply with a substance that's supposed to reduce crime and poverty. From that point the plot gets thicker and thicker - like a good roux."
     For additional information about "One Book/Three Parishes," contact the Southeastern Honors Program office, 985-549-2135.
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Blair Abene and supporters at the Sweetheart PageantMiss Southeastern in top ten at national Sweetheart Pageant
Over the Labor Day Holiday, a contingent of supporters for the reigning Miss Southeastern, Blair Abene, followed her to the National Sweet Corn Festival in Hoopston, Ill. Since 1952, the festival has hosted a special Miss America sanctioned competition for all of the first-runners up from the various state competitions. Abene was invited to attend because she was named First Runner-up in the Miss Louisiana Pageant.
     The Sweetheart Pageant has seen almost a dozen winners from that pageant go on to become Miss America, said Jackie Dale Thomas, the 20-year veteran Miss Southeastern executive director. "It is a great training ground for contestants who could very possibly walk the stage at the Miss America Pageant," Thomas said.
     Abene, one of the youngest contestants in the pageant, was named to the top ten on finals night. Thomas reported that Abene's supporters were very excited that she was in the top ten, because, "This clearly demonstrates that Blair has what it takes to make it to the Top Ten at Miss America. I knew that already, but this pageant proved it to everyone."
     "The National Sweet Corn Festival hosted free ears of hot buttered corn each afternoon - ultimately boiling and serving more than 50 tons of free corn," Thomas said. "Blair had the opportunity to drive a John Deer tractor and view several other local points of interest and she participated in a parade where each of the contestants rode in their own Corvette, followed by miles of John Deer tractors of every shape and size -- all green and gold. The Southeastern group felt that all that green and gold had to be a good omen for our contestant."
     Joining Thomas and Abene in Hoopston were Campus Activities Board Coordinator Jason Leader and several CAB officers including Michael Kyles, Erica Milligan, Brandon Parker and Makeitta Darbonne. Members of the Abene family, including parents Joe and Gay Abene, also made the trek through the never-ending corn fields of Illinois to cheer on Miss Southeastern.
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Gamma Beta Phi plans blood drive
The Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society will host its annual Blood Drive as part of this year's Health Freak Week. The Blood Drive will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27-28. It will be held in the Student Union Ballroom. Southeastern students, faculty and staff are urged to help save lives. For more information, please feel free to call their advisor, Jackie Dale Thomas, at 549-2233.
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Faculty, staff, students invited to Sept. 14-15 ULS service-learning conference
The University of Louisiana System will host a service-learning conference on Sept. 14-15 at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge. Tony Byers, director of the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) will be the featured keynote speaker.
     Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend one or both days of the program that will start on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11:30 a.m.
     The conference is being held in conjunction with the recent awarding of a $1.2 million grant from Serve and Learn America to the University of Louisiana System for faculty, staff, and students to establish service-learning activities. Funds ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 (with an equivalent match) are available through a competitive grant application process for this purpose.
     Byers and the NYLC are leaders in service-learning and have been active in Gulf Coast rebuilding activities.
     This summer more than 450 local students participated in NYLC's Gulf Coast WalkAbout, which provided participants with opportunities to help restore communities impacted by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. WalkAbout instructors determined appropriate community projects and fit them into lesson plans that were connected to three curricular areas environmental science, oral history, and emergency preparedness. Students improved their academic skills through journaling, research, and communications with their neighbors but, more importantly, moved from being hurricane victims to community leaders in the restoration process.
     For conference registration/schedule information and/or particulars concerning UL System service-learning grants, visit or call 225.342.6950.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops --
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, Sept. 12
     9:15-11:30 a.m., PowerPoint: The workshop is designed to introduce the functionality and assist faculty in developing lessons in PowerPoint to assist in easier presentation of information to their students.
     1:30-3:30 p.m., Excel for Gradekeeping: Learn the basics of Excel with emphasis on keeping a gradebook.
     Wednesday, Sept. 13
     9-11 a.m., Windows Tips and Tricks: The workshop emphasizes learning features of the Microsoft Windows operating system that will make you more productive, such as shortcuts to common tasks, NetStorage, Novell networking, uploading files, attaching files to e-mail messages, connecting projectors to computers, and USB flash memory..
     Thursday, Sept. 14
     12:30-1:30 p.m., Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion: All faculty, staff, and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend, drinks and cookies will be provided.
     Friday, Sept. 15
     9-10:45 a.m., Introduction to Publisher. The workshop is designed to introduce the various aspects Publisher has to offer so faculty can distribute information via posters and brochures either in the classroom or when traveling to a conference. It will also show the various ways brochures are laid out in order to effectively communicate key points.
     Lyceum Lights, Sept. 21, 12;30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks: Make your reservations now for Lyceum Lights, a series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines. This month will highlight Southeastern's first doctoral degree, featuring Educational Leadership and Technology Department Head Frederick L. Dembowski and professor Ken Lane. Lunch, $5 at the door, will include baked breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce, tossed salad, wild rice, green beans and coconut cake.
     Call for Proposals: The Center for Faculty Excellence announces the call for proposals for Teaching Enhancement Grants for the current fiscal year. The grants are designed to enhance classroom teaching in the areas of professional development in teaching, course enhancement, and curriculum development or revision. Proposals are due by Sept. 22. More information:
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Southeastern, Chamber host Business EXPO Wednesday at UC
Participants can enjoy "A Taste of Hammond" and learn about the master plan for a new Hammond mall at the 2006 Business EXPO being sponsored Wednesday by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern's Southeast Louisiana Business Center.
     The event at Southeastern's University Center is scheduled for noon-6:30 p.m. and also will feature more than 70 exhibitors, said Sandy Summers, assistant director of Southeastern's Small Business Development Center.
     Summers said Jimmy Maurin, chair of Stirling Properties and former chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers, will be the EXPO's luncheon guest speaker. Maurin is expected to unveil the master plan for the new Hammond mall facility being developed for a 100-acre site currently encompassing Hammond Square Mall. A special redevelopment team is presently designing the project.
Tickets for the luncheon are sold out, but the master plan will be displayed at Stirling Properties's EXPO booth in the University Center arena. The booth will be one of many sponsored by companies and organizations to showcase a wide variety of business services.
     From 4:30-6:30 p.m. the EXPO will host "A Taste of Hammond," featuring Hammond Chamber of Commerce member restaurateurs and caterers.
     "'A Taste of Hammond' gives restaurants and caterers an opportunity to feature their signature items and display food menus for event planning and holiday/corporate entertaining," Summers said.
     Admission for the EXPO and Taste of Hammond is $2, but complimentary tickets can be obtained from the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, (985) 345-4457 or, or Southeast Louisiana Business Center, (985) 549-3199 or The center is located at 1514 Martens Drive.
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Sept. 21 seminar to detail GO Zone Act benefits
Area business people can learn how the new Gulf Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) Act can help their businesses and employees at a Sept. 21 seminar sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and the Hammond Downtown Development District.
     The seminar, which will explain how large and small businesses can maximize GO Zone benefits, is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, said Sandy Summers, SBDC assistant director.
     Speakers will include Ray Cornelius, bond counsel with Adams and Reese LLP in New Orleans, and Bob Basford with Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation. The seminar also will review other business incentives available through state and local agencies.
     "Many executives and small business owners have heard of the GO Zone Act and know that it does something for Louisiana businesses, but they do not know if or how the new law can help them and their employees," said Summers. "In a nutshell, the new GO Zone legislation is the best business investment incentive program that the Gulf Coast has seen in recent memory, perhaps ever."
     Summers said businesses considering expanding Louisiana operations or relocating to an incentive-rich area should move quickly to take advantage of the GO Zone incentives.
     For additional information and to register for the seminar, contact the Downtown Development District at (985) 543-3216.
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Volleyball teamVolleyball team aids Habitat
Members of the Lady Lions volleyball team assisted with Habitat for Humanity in Hammond prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Since the beginning of August, the Lady Lions visited the Children's Advocacy Center and Sunrise Senior Living Center in Hammond while also having a bowling night.

This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana football team opens its home schedule on Saturday, hosting Jacksonville at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Strawberry Stadium.
     The Lions (0-2) will be looking for its first win after opening 2006 with two tough Division I-A opponents. Jacksonville (0-1) will also be looking to get on the winning track after dropping a 49-14 decision to Gardner-Webb in its opener. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (2-9) will host a pair of non-conference opponents on Tuesday. The Lady Lions host Jackson State at 1 p.m. and Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. The matches will be held in the Pennington Center on the Southeastern campus.
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (4-1-1) will attempt to extend its four-match unbeaten streak this week. The Lady Lions will hit the road to face Jackson State on Friday at 2 p.m. and Louisiana Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The men's golf team will open its fall season this week, competing in the Scenic City Classic Monday and Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
     Members of the Southeastern cross country team will compete in a pair of meets, looking to build on its hot start to the season. On Friday, the team will be in Lafayette to compete in the Ragin' Cajun Invitational, before heading to Mobile, Ala. for the USA Azalea Classic on Saturday.
     Volleyball, vs. Jackson State, Pennington Center, 1 p.m.
     Volleyball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Pennington Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Soccer, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Cross Country, at Ragin' Cajun Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
     Football, vs. Jacksonville, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1)
     Cross Country, at USA Azalea Classic, Mobile, Ala., All Day
     Women's Soccer, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
A paper by Dr. David Bowes (General Business) titled "A Two-Stage Model of the Simultaneous Relationship Between Retail Development and Crime" will be published in a forthcoming issue of Economic Development Quarterly.
     Dr. André L. Honorée, Dr. David Wyld, and Dr. Rusty Juban (Management) published a paper titled "Regular Rate of Pay and the FLSA: Why Determination of Exempt Status is Not Enough" in the 2006 Volume 48 issue of Managerial Law.
     In August Dr. Mike Jones (Marketing) attended the Institute of Supply Management Summer Leadership Workshop in New Orleans. The purpose of the national conference was to train officers of local affiliates. Also, Dr. Jones and Dr. Wyld have accepted an invitation to edit a special issue of the Journal on RFID Technology in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. Dr. Wyld also has published his article titled "The Moment of Truth for Airlines on RFID: As Lost Baggage Numbers Skyrocket, Need for RFID Grows...But Who Will Pay?" in the summer 2006 issue of Re: ID Magazine. Also published in the edition was Dr. Wyld's article titled "The Wide World of Sports Evolves via RFID: Golf Balls, Race Cars, Runners, Pigeon All Tagged in the Name of the Game."
     Ragan and Massey of Pontchatoula, seed and feed distributors for southern United
States, have contributed a $1,000 scholarship for students in Supply Management/Logistics at Southeastern.
     Dr. Paul Keddy (Schlieder Chair, Biological Sciences) visited Traverse City Michigan in late August to give a plenary address to the Association of State Wetland Managers on the opportunities and challenges for Great Lakes wetlands. His talk, "The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change: Future Prospects for the Great Lakes Basin" covered change of many kinds, including ice ages, human population growth, and changing climate. While attending this meeting, he also spoke about his research at Turtle Cove in a symposium addressing the difficulties of restoring forested wetlands.
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